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Supporting skills and talent

The development and movement of talented people and their ideas is critical to the success of the UK research and innovation system, enabling them to have dynamic, diverse careers that drive societal and economic benefits.

Key principles

Inspiring, supporting and developing the diversity of people who work, or aspire to work, in research and innovation is integral to good research practice. There are strong interdependencies between support and training, and related areas such as public engagement, research integrity, open research and research culture. We consider these aspects holistically in building an environment which enables people to reach their potential.

People are key to a flourishing and interconnected research and innovation system. The training and support we all provide recognises this driver of connectivity and empowers people in research and innovation to progress their careers through and engage with different sectors.

General policies and guidance

The statement of expectations for postgraduate training (PDF, 167KB)

Alongside our grant terms and conditions, we have set out the common principles for supporting the people we fund. This statement of expectations describes the principles UKRI, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation expect for the training of postgraduate students.

Statement of expectations for research fellowships and future research leaders (PDF, 45KB)

This clarifies our expectations of research organisations, research fellows and our councils for investing in and supporting the next generation of research leaders.

The concordat to support the career development of researchers

This concordat is a framework co-created in consultation with the sector, providing a consensus view of the support and development needs of researchers. It sets out obligations for research funders, employers, line managers and researchers themselves to support the professional and career development of researchers in a higher education environment.

UKRI is a launch signatory of the concordat to support the career development of researchers and has published an action plan to meet its concordat obligations as a research funder.

UKRI – action plan for the concordat to support the career development of researchers (PDF, 6MB)

Technician commitment

This aims to improve the visibility, recognition, career development and sustainability of technical careers in higher education. UKRI is signatory to this and is producing an action plan to support the technicians and technically-skilled people it funds and employs. Our technician commitment activity builds on our statement of expectations for technology/skills specialists.

Statement of expectations for technology/skills specialists (PDF, 30KB)

Last updated: 21 October 2020

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